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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) announces that the Beach Water Quality Monitoring Program, which evaluates weekly water quality at popular swimming beaches throughout the Territory by sampling for Enterococci Bacteria and turbidity, which is a measure of water clarity, advises the public of the

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CHRISTIANSTED – Gov. Kenneth Mapp has been lauded for his leadership in the face of two Category 5 hurricanes, Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria, in  Inc.com, a weekly magazine for entrepreneurs and business owners. His direct communication style is described as being “exemplary,” by Melanie Curtin, who didn’t live in the territory

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REPLACES HEWLETT: Gretchen C.F. Shappert is the new acting U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Virgin Islands. CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Attorney General Jeff Sessions today announced the appointment of Gretchen C.F. Shappert as Interim United States Attorney pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 546, which provides that “the Attorney General may appoint a

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FEDERAL RELIEF–VA Task Force 2 USAR waiting for available transport to St. John and St Thomas to aid survivors of Hurricane Irma. FEMA/K.C.Wilsey CHRISTIANSTED – Survivors affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria are encouraged to register before the January 8, 2018 deadline with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for

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WHO’LL GET BURNED? The manufacturer says that this incineration machine can be set on a city street and the street below the machine will not get hot as it burns tree, brush and shrubs from the storm. ESTATE LONGFORD, St. Croix –– The Texas-based owner of the $400,000 “Air Burners”

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SAN JUAN — Sunny to partly cloudy skies and fair weather conditions are expected. Seas up to five feet and east to southeast winds up to 10 knots expected across the local waters. Moderate rip current risk is expected across the Atlantic coasts of the islands and a low risk

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ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU: This 1977 film starring Burt Lancaster, Barbara Carrera and Michael York was made at St. Croix’s Davis Bay and the movie was released as a major motion picture. CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The USVI Film Office’s slogan is: “Imagine the unimaginable.” It seems like St. Thomas, St.

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GREAT WIDE OPEN: There are no houses visible where the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) was busy re-connecting utility poles to electricity on Tuesday. Today WAPA was on St. Croix’s South Shore. CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) refuses to say what percentage of

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THE GHOSTS OF CHRISTMASES PAST HAUNT OUR REPORTER WHY YOU SHOULD ALWAYS RETURN A REPORTER’S CALL VIEW FROM THE HURRICANE BATTERED VIRGIN ISLANDS By JOHN McCARTHY VIRGIN ISLANDS FREE PRESS CHRISTIANSTED — I’ve been surprised at how much I’ve enjoyed the Christmas music on a local radio station this season. That’s not

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COZUMEL ISLAND — Descending into the clear blue water of the Colombia Reef, off the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, there are two ways to look at what you see. One is as a fantastic, calming world of peace and harmony, so different from our hectic lives on shore. The soft corals

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